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  • At left, Josh Lambert, the academic director at the Yiddish Book Center, says the books selected for the new book club are “fascinating and challenging books in the modern Jewish literary tradition...”

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Thursday, December 22, 2016
Jewish Literature

The Yiddish Book Center at 1021 West St. in Amherst will launch the Great Jewish Books Book Club in January, which will explore important works of modern Jewish literature.

Members of the global club will receive a new book every three months, along with related book reviews, essays, audio and video recordings an other resources to enrich their reading experience. They will also be invited to take part in online discussions, via a private Facebook group, with other members and the Yiddish Book Center staff.

“Modern Jewish literature is a vast treasure house, teeming with intense, strange, surprising and beautful stories written all over the world and throughout the great upheavals of modernity,” said Josh Lambert, academic director at the center. “These works speak to our own conflicts and challenges, and to the beauty and sweetness of our traditions.”

The deadline to register is Dec. 31. For information, visit yiddishbookcenter.org/book-club.